Jobs for 11-Year-Olds

Child labour laws prevent 11 year olds from holding regular jobs. However, there are still ways for a creative 11 year old to make money. After you determine what you want to do, make flyers and business cards advertising your business to give to people you meet so that you can have the ability to make as much money as you desire.

Pet Care

One of the best markets for an 11 year old to pursue is pet care. Many people will trust a responsible 11 year old with a pet, while they may be hesitant to allow the 11 year old to watch children, which is illegal in some states. Examples of jobs for 11 year olds in the pet industry include dog walking, basic grooming (such as brushing and washing), pet sitting and litter box cleaning. Pet sitters can also teach animals tricks or train them for additional income.

Yard Care

Examples of yard care job for 11 year olds include raking yards, pulling weeds, planting flowers, watering plants, trimming hedges, bagging leaves, picking up twigs, digging garden beds and mowing lawns. Homeowners are happy to have kids clean their yards if they are responsible and do a good job. Receive the best results by bringing your own equipment to each person's house.

Handmade Gifts

Another money maker is to create and sell handmade gifts. There are thousands of projects to choose from such as making key chains, hair bows, candles, jewellery, greeting cards or floral arrangements. To earn the greatest profit, choose a project that is simple to make and does not take a lot of time.


Examples of cleaning jobs for 11 year olds include cleaning houses, garages, cars and bathrooms. Consider vacuum houses, detailing and washing cars, cleaning windows, hosing down walls, and washing and painting the interior or exterior of a home. Make sure to complete the job spotlessly so that the host will want you to come back.

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About the Author

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.